Smash and grab

Ruben Andersson and David Keen are academic investigators seeking to understand what they see as a conundrum:  How come politicians and their collaborators are able to pursue for so long, simplistic, policies that are not only failing, but generally making things worse.  Examples involve real or pseudo wars such as those on drugs, terror, migration. 

Andersson and Keen have dubbed this policy approach Wreckonomics. The Mint met up with them to build a better understanding of their analysis.

Ruben Andersson

Ruben is a professor of social anthropology at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. His research has been concerned with borders, migration and security, and he …

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David Keen

David  is a professor of conflict studies at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has researched civil wars, global wars and …

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